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Mobile

  • Mobile data to hit 52m terrabytes this year, will triple by 2018

    We are in the midst of a mobile data explosion. According to technology research house Gartner, global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52-million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59% from 2014. And as more and more people get their hands on affordable smartphones and data rates continue to fall, Gartner predicts that number will more than triple in the next three years. By 2018, it says, mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB. "Mobile data traffic is soaring worldwide, more than tripling by 2018," said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "New,...

  • Xiaomi partners with Uber, allowing consumers to purchase Mi Note on Uber

    Two of the biggest disruptors in the world are coming together to deliver phones in Singapore and Malaysia to buyers within minutes. Uber and Xiaomi have come together to offer what could be the most exciting partnership in some time, an on-demand delivery of the new Mi Note handsets. Announcing the promotion on Facebook, Xiaomi international chief Hugo Barra said that the partnership is exciting in that it is between “two of the most innovative tech startups in the world”. Uber also announced the partnership on its website, saying that: “Singapore, we know just how long you’ve been waiting...

  • Mobile fraud on the rise: how to fight back

    Think that you are safe? Believe that your mobile device is secure and your transactions completely protected? You’d be wrong… In February 2014, RiskIQ unveiled research that showed how malicious mobile apps in Google Play had spiked nearly 400%. That’s a staggering 388% increase from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, new research found that there were thousands of unauthorised apps and app stores that referenced high-level brands and that 17% of these were already blacklisted as they had failed a virus scan or linked users to a known source of malware. There are hundreds of thousands of apps and...

  • Always go full mobile: 5 reasons to operate your business from your smartphone

    What started out as a subconscious experiment has resulted in emancipation from the laptop shackles and provided me with some new-found clarity. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with a high profile mobile client over the past year and – as a result – have delved into current and future trends around productivity and mobile workforce scenarios. These are some of my thoughts from the various research and insights that we have been exposed to. Some points may seem obvious, but you will only fully appreciate the impact on your work / life balance once you have begun to implement...

  • Social media to contribute 13bn transactions to mobile money market

    Mobile payments are a growing force around the globe -- from the sophisticated tap 'n go mechanics of Apple Pay to the continued dominance and evolution of MPesa. One thing we tend to speak less about though is the role of social media in driving mobile transactions. But it could actually be incredibly significant. According to a new report from Juniper Research, social could be a major driver of mobile money transfers, which are expected to increase by nearly 150% in 2015 to more than 13-billion. According to the British research house, a major catalyst for this growth is...

  • Mobile will inevitably allow South Africans to ditch their wallets

    After years of hype the mobile commerce bandwagon may have just rolled into town. And if projections are anything to go by, the days of the traditional wallet might be numbered. The global mobile wallet market is projected to grow at an annual compounded growth rate of 36.8% over the next four years, according to research by RNR Market Research. Additionally, Statista predicts that the global mobile payment transaction volume is expected to reach US$721 billion in 2017, up from US$235 billion in 2013. Paypal, the leading provider of wallet services, now has circa 162 million active wallets. A further look at mobile...

  • How social media (using the power of mobile) can help you win at Omni-channel

    Omni-channel from a consumer viewpoint is the ability to have a seamless and consistent experience across multiple touchpoints, to engage with brands or to purchase a product. From a brand’s perspective omni-channel means leveraging and coordinating the customer experience across multiple channels of communications (web, face to face, emails, social media or mobile) to understand consumer behavioural patterns with the aim of delivering relevant product information to help with recruitment or retention strategies. The retail shopping experience has changed dramatically over the last few years. Shopping for a Fathers day gift at a local mall ten years ago literally meant...

  • New survey reveals how South Africans use mobile devices in the workplace

    More than 95 % of employees in South African companies rely on the use of mobile devices within the office. That's according to the results of recent survey, conducted by Dell in partnership with Microsoft. What is interesting about this number though is that it does not stipulate how many businesses have opted for mobile devices over desktop computers. Even with this, the fact that mobile devices are being used this much says a lot about the distracting effect they have had in businesses. To obtain the data, Dell surveyed IT professionals from companies with more than 250 employees. The...

  • MTN Swaziland partners with Ericsson to offer Ericsson Converged Wallet

    In a new step forward for mobile money, Ericson, the Swedish multinational provider of communication technology and services, has announced that MTN Swaziland has deployed Ericsson Converged Wallet. This will enable the operator to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services. Mobile money is big business and it is now though still at its early stages no longer the novelty it was a few years back. The move will see MTN introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile financial services to more than 275 000 existing MTN Swaziland mobile wallet users and 3,000 agents. The new platform also serves...

  • Risky business: what you need to know about securing #Genmobile

    A guy named Ben once said, “When you're finished changing, you're finished.” It’s a great maxim for living life, but it’s just as relevant to how you approach corporate data security and how workers’ expectations have shifted in the era of anywhere, anytime internet connections. Back in the bad old days, employees had to change the way they worked to fit the tech supplied to them by their corporate IT department. But no more. As a result, business tech now moves to the beat of a new drum: the always-on generation, #GenMobile. Today’s younger employees, the mobile-natives, are changing the way...

  • Shazam now allows users to see what their favourite artists are listening to

    Shazam has released a new update to its app that allows fans to discover music from about 30 famous artists. Starting today, Shazam users can follow artists like Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Avicii, Jason Derulo, Coldplay and others to see what “they are Shazaming”. Each artist will have a page with their Shazam discoveries, featuring their top tracks on, music videos, and more. “The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans. They use Shazam every day to explore new music, and for the first time ever, their fans can share in those moments as they happen,” said...

  • Facebook to partner with Cell C for free internet in SA

    It was only a matter of time before Facebook launched its free internet service in South Africa, but it can now be confirmed that its launch partner for the service will be Cell C, the country's third-largest mobile operator. The service, aimed primarily at emerging markets, was first announced as far back as 2013 and has already been rolled out in a number of other African countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana. According to technology news site TechCentral, the deal is an extension of Cell C's strategy of reaching out to over the top (OTT) players. The company...

  • 7 massive ways mobile has changed brand awareness on social

    Back in 2013, Twitter indicated that about 60% of its active users, who are over 200 million, access the platform through a mobile device. Google has also indicated that a huge chunk of its users are on mobile devices. Perhaps this is the reason mobile friendly sites from April 21, 2015 were to start ranking better in Google. Obviously, every huge and small business is realising how important mobile device users are and the future of web usage will be theirs. Social media use on mobile comes with a lot of benefits. You don’t need diverse types of...

  • Social media, messaging apps driving global mobile money adoption

    It's hardly news that mobile is important to emerging economies. Stories of those countries lepfrogging older technologies have been told so many times that they can sometimes seem tired. But when you stop and think about it, even the rise of mobile money and marketing in these markets has been nothing short of remarkable. For instance, the latest report from global trade body Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), shows that 69% of mobile...

  • Our mobile future will be driven by WiFi

    If you live in a place where mobile data is at a premium, then you'll know all too well how important WiFi access is. It should come as a relief then to learn that WiFi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, reaching over 115 000PB (Petabytes) by 2019. That's compared with under 30 000PB this year -- representing almost a four-fold increase. That's according to new insights from Juniper Research. The research also found that global mobile data traffic generated from devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets forecast to exceed 197...